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How Three Indigenous Chefs in Toronto Are Paying Homage to Native Cuisine

Local chefs are embracing their First Nations heritage and making waves in Toronto's food scene. Speaking from behind the stove in his hallway of a restaurant, Pow Wow Cafe, chef Shawn Adler has one message above all about serving the food of his Indigenous heritage: “It isn’t a trend; it’s a culture.” In the Kensington Market neighborhood of Toronto, Adler serves the Indian tacos commonly seen at the pow wows he went to growing up Anishinaabe (a large group of culturally related Indigenous tribes in Canada), but his fine-dining training and Native studies degree bring depth and intricacy to a food that has rarely claimed its proper space in urban dining.


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